Town Board sets fire protection public hearing for Nov. 17, contracts with Alabama for STAMP code enforcement
A public hearing on the Town of Batavia’s 2022 contract with the Town of Batavia Fire Department is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Town Hall, 3833 West Main St. Rd.
The proposed contract, which would take effect on Jan. 1, calls for the town to pay the fire department $1,185,265 for fire protection for all of next year.
Town residents fund the fire department through a separate special district tax, which is expected to remain at $2.34 per thousand of assessed valuation – the same as 2021.
The town board announced the public hearing date at its meeting on Wednesday night.
In other action, the town board:
- Approved an agreement in which the town will provide code enforcement services to the Town of Alabama, specifically for development at the WNY Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park.
According to the resolution, the Town of Alabama shall pay the Town of Batavia $55.44 per hour during normal business hours Monday through Friday. The charge for field inspections outside of that timeframe will be $83.16 per hour. Mileage incurred by enforcement officers also will be reimbursed.
- Completed the preliminary 2022 budget process, setting the property tax rate at $2.51 per thousand of assessed valuation. The rate is a 12 percent decrease from 2021, and will generate $1,236,000 in property taxes – the same amount as last year.
The sewer rate remains the same as 2021 -- at $7.09 per 1,000 gallons used -- while the water rate for both residential and agricultural consumers is going up by 2 percent – to $6.32 and $5.12 per 1,000 gallons, respectively.
Salaries for elected officials are as follows:
- Supervisor Gregory Post, $40,000.
- Deputy Supervisor Dan Underhill, $18,000.
- Council members Patti Michalak, Chad Zambito and Sharon White, $12,000.
- Town Clerk/Tax Collector Teressa Morasco, $74,541.
- Highway Superintendent Tom Lichtenthal, $20,101.
- Town Justices Lisa Funke and Andrew Young, $28,840.
No one from the public spoke at public hearings on the budget, sewer and water rates on Wednesday.